What is a Digital to Analogue Converter

I am using a McCormack MAP-1 in my audio/video system. Since the MAP-1 is analogue I have to have a Digital to Analogue converter that will work with 2 channel and 5.1 channel playback. I'm interested in finding out if anyone else has the MAP-1 Preamp and what DA Convertor you use? I'm also interested in feedback regarding what DA Convertor others would recommand? Thanks.


I was looking at a MAP-1 as the center piece of a home theater system.
I have a satellite box that has 5.1 capability but only via toslink and coax. There is no 6 channel analog out so I would be forced to use the satellite in 2 channel mode which I don't want to do.

Your explanation makes a lot of sense so the MAP-1 unfortunately won't work in my setup.

I have a MAP-1 but I don't use a D/A converter. With the MAP-1 you lose the flexibility that comes with having a home theatre receiver. My components that run into the MAP-1 are a Sony SCD-C222ES SACD player and a cheapo Toshiba DVD player with DVD-Audio output. I lose the ability to play DVDs in DTS mode, but I don't think I lose much else. (Bass management and speaker delay functions are also missing, but I don't want them so I don't miss them). All in all, I think the MAP-1 is fantastic, but really belongs at the center of a music system, not a home theater system.

What problem are you trying to solve with a D/A converter?

How would you connect a satellite receiver which only has multi-channel outs via toslink or coax to a MAP-1?

A UPD-1 solves the problem for DVD and multi channel SACD but McCormack has no answer for 5.1 from satellite, not to mention xbox, computers and PS/2.
I am using a Denon DVD5900 to drive my MAP-1. Having a lot of fun.
Have you looked into the new McCormack UDP-1 Universal Player that supports virtually all the disc formats and does the D-to-A conversion? This is the companion component to the MAP-1.
What is your digital source component?